- Lascaux (Lascaux Caves) is the setting of a complex of caves in southwestern France famous for its Palaeolithic cave paintings.
- These paintings are estimated to be 17,300 years old. They primarily consist of images of large animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time.
- In 1979, Lascaux was added to the UNESCO World Heritage sites list along with other prehistoric sites in the Vézère valley.
- By 1955, the carbon dioxide, heat, humidity, and other contaminants produced by 1,200 visitors per day had visibly damaged the paintings and introduced lichen on the walls. The cave was closed to the public in…